Wimberley, TX (May 16, 2006)–Blue Rock Studios, a retreat and recording facility for producers specializing in Texas folk artists and music for film, recently announced its opening with a celebration that included Rupert Neve and members of the Texas audio production community.
Pictured (l-r) are Blue Rock engineer Keith Gray, Congress House owner and producer/engineer Mark Hallman, and Mr. Rupert Neve in Blue Rock Studios’ control roomBlue Rock features an integrated hybrid digital/analog control room that uniquely combines all four models of Rupert Neve Designs Portico modules with a digital audio workstation and control surface.
Shortly before opening its doors for business, Blue Rock added the latest module from Rupert Neve Designs, the Portico 5043 Limiter-Compressor Duo. “The 5043 is as versatile and usable as any compressor I’ve ever seen or worked with,” commented Blue Rock’s recently installed engineer, Keith Gary. “The 5043 is really transparent on vocals. Then, if I want to put a vicious drum through it, I can use the feedback button, which gives me a great vintage coloration.”
The 5043 delivers two channels of unobtrusive, musical-sounding dynamics as well as brickwall limiting in a half rack 1RU space. “I love that it’s a stereo compressor in half a rack space. And I really enjoy its versatility–it can sound modern and clean when you want it to, and it can sound vintage when you want it to,” said Gary, who relocated to the Texas Hill Country from New York City where he worked with mix engineer, Michael Brauer, on projects such as Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and Ben Folds.
Commenting on Blue Rock Studios, Gary said, “It’s a knockout facility, and I am so excited to be there and working with Mr. Rupert Neve’s beautiful toys. The studio is meticulously cared for and the owner pays as much attention to detail as anyone I’ve met. It’s a dream come true, and I’m sure it will be for the artists working here, too.”
Producer/engineer Mark Hallman was so impressed with the Portico 5043 at the grand opening that he purchased a module for his own Congress House studio in Austin. “The 5043 is an instant classic,” considered Hallman. “It brings the lower level material, especially out to the sides of the mix, up to the forefront, and spreads the whole mix out more cinematically. As a two-bus compressor, I’ve found that it allows me to retain the clarity and punch in my mixes, opening up the low level material in a most pleasing way. It has filled a hole that I didn’t know I had in my already massive compressor arsenal.”
According to Blue Rock owner Billy Crockett, the forthcoming summing mixer from Rupert Neve Designs is also key to the facility concept, which surrounds digital control and recording capabilities both physically and electronically with discrete analog components and the purity of Rupert Neve’s designs. The summing mixer, in combination with the Blue Rock’s 16 Portico 5032 Mic Pre/EQ modules plus 5012 Duo Mic Preamp, 5042 “True Tape” Emulation and 5043 Compressor/Limiter Duo modules, brings a Rupert Neve-designed front- and back-end to the modern digital system.
Located on nearly 20 acres overlooking the Blanco River near Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Blue Rock Studios offers 4,000 sq. ft. of production space, including two large live rooms–one with a vaulted ceiling and large beams–constructed of native rock and woods. Architectural design was by Lou Kimball of Austin, with the control and iso rooms designed and built by Michael Cronin of Acoustic Construction, Nashville.
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